I've been trying to get myself to finally pick up cello for the past year or so. I finally got around to doing some research, but then I realized that I have no idea what I'm doing.
So I call upon the wisdom of TL:
Should I buy a cello first before looking for an instructor, or talk to a tentative instructor then look for a cello (perhaps with that instructor if he/she is willing)?
Maybe I don't even need an instructor? (Though I heard that without a good teacher, I'll pick up bad habits at a frightening rate).
How should I find a good cello? Should I start with a cheap one, or are the cheap ones just too bad to play for anybody?
My university does offer lessons for instruments, but the prices for that come out to about $60 an hour, and I don't know if it's worth it if I have never played the instrument before. Or maybe it is better to start with a good instructor right off the bat...
Here's some background information in case it would help gauge the answers:
I play guitar and piano, and have a decent knowledge of music theory already.
I'm a university student, so transportation would be an issue. However, when I am at home (summer + winters), I would be able to drive to someone's house.